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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. Notes: The 2012 Honda Accord has a solid reputation (so far), with one very significant flaw: uncomfortable seats.

Owners have consistently reported uncomfortable seats with the entire 8th generation (2008-2012) of Honda Accords. Complaints range from back pain to leg circulation problems due to bad lumbar support, cushioning, & seat angle. Complaints aren't limited to only a certain body type -- the seat comfort problems are from a wide spectrum of owner height & weight.

The common theme we hear is "we never noticed this during the test drive." Unfortunately for unwary buyers, the seat pain is noticeable after 15-20 minutes.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,878 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 012017


  • 99,000 miles


"takata recall" I started having issues with the car heavily vibrating when the car reached 60,000 which is a concern driving on the highway. If felt unsafe, I first brought it in while under warranty at only 30,000 miles, they said it was cracked seals in the steering rack. The car would shake uncontrollable, vibrate. They fixed it, again it happened at 55,000 miles, then again a few thousand miles later replacing the steering column. All under warranty, thank god I have the extended warranty but is this normal. Now I am fully out of warranty, it is beginning to vibrate again. This issue has been a headache since I got this make and model, never had an issue with another Honda. Just concerned that it will be an expensive issue that seemed to be a problem since early on. The car would be in motion, involvement was when reaching a speed of 55 or higher on the highway. It still vibrated at lower speed but became uncontrollable past that point and the car would veer to the right with a stiff wheel.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 252017


  • 65,985 miles
Periodically during acceleration the vehicle seems to lose power or hesitate to begin with it was barely noticeable now when it occurs it's very obvious and normally takes three to five seconds to recover

- Williston, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 012016


  • 46,000 miles
Faulty vtc actuator. Thousands of 2.4 liter engines have this problem.make Honda issue a recall.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 222016


  • 59,000 miles


Check engine light is on, car was shaking when driving. Took it to the dealership and was told oil level pressure switch is bad and need to be replaced( mtc P3400),it is not covered under 5yr 60K miles powertrain warranty. It was quoted >$300 to fix the car. The car has 59K miles on. I didnt want to pay for the fix, paid the $115 diagnostic fee, bought the $40 new pressure switch and replaced it myself. How can a oil level pressure switch not covered under powertrain warranty? it has less than 60K miles.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #9

Nov 012015


  • miles
Engine coolant, thermostat, radiator and engine failed at a mere 37K miles. Honda refused to cover. It was in motion when it started smoking and shooting out fluid from under the hood. Had it towed to two Honda dealerships only to not have it covered.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 072015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stopped abruptly without warning. The contact stated that the failure recurred on one separate occasion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000. Updated09/18/15

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #7

May 082014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 23,844 miles


While applying brakes, the engine revved up and car started to accelerate - I had to move transmission into "neutral" to stop vehicle. It was inspected the following day by a Honda dealer and they said that the car was functioning normally. It has happened 3 times since it was inspected by a 2nd dealer, the latest time was March 7th, 2015.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 132013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I was on the street, approaching a red light. All of a sudden the engine started to speed up. The car did not jump forward. I immediately pressed on the brake, put the car into park, and shut the engine. Luckily there were no cars in back of me. I started the car again. Everything seemed normal. Two days ago, on March 22, I was parking the car on the street between two other cars. I was in either D or R, when the vehicle started to race again. I followed the same procedure as before, and shut the engine. The first time this happened, I took the car to a Honda dealer. It was claimed they drove the car and everything seemed fine. Several weeks ago as normal maintenance, I had the transmission fluid changed at the Honda dealer. This seems to be a very dangerous situation. Please investigate.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 052012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
1). "acceleration" - my daughter drives this vehicle most of the time and she has complained to me on several occasions that this vehicle is hesitant in its acceleration speed (0mph at a stop, up to 55-60 mph getting onto highways).for an example: She has advised, on several occasions when as she goes on the "highway" into merging traffic, the car looses power and does not accelerate up to proper speed to get on highway to merge into traffic. She stated pushed the gas pedal down to the floor, then a couple of seconds, the car will pick up speed. Also, when at a "stop sign" once she presses gas pedal to go, the car hesitates to take off and then it goes. We reported this to the Honda warranty department in Feb/March 2013, was told "take vehicle to Honda dealer". we did and mechanic advised-could not find anything wrong with the car. To date as of (4/20/2013 my daughter still experiences this hesitant acceleration problem. Its not right and I am paying $560+ dollars a month for a new vehicle with these problems. This is a serious safety concern I have for her, driving this car. I saw a tv commercial about a recall on Honda Accord and I was quite surprised that when I logged onto the NHTSA website the number of people who are having the same problems with there 2012 Honda Accord as we are experiencing. 2)."headrest" -while driving the vehicle on a highway trip-October 2012, I noticed that I could not properly rest my head on the "drivers seat headrest. I am 5ft-5 &1/2 inches tall. I tried to adjust the driver's headrest up and down, but I could not place it in a comfortable position to help support my head and neck. It was very uncomfortable and I could not properly fit my head on the rest for ease of driving, especially for support of my neck. It was extremely painful and stressful on my neck as I have already had pre-existing conditions with this part of my body.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 092012


  • 700 miles
When I got my 2012 Honda Accord it had 300 miles on it. I have had several incidents while driving that the acceleration delays about five seconds it feels just like the car is not getting gas and then it kicks in. This usually occurs when I have slowed down or am taking off from a light turning or going straight. At times it has done cut out while turning in front of on coming cars as well as from a light. I have felt a few times that it wasn't going to go at all and the on coming car would run in to me. I have had that delay happen at least once almost everyday.

- Sioux Falls , SD, USA

problem #3

Jul 022012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 287 miles


Purchased new 2012 Honda Accord I noticed on my way home from dealer that at 60 to 66 mph the steering wheel shakes and shimmys also the vehicle pulls hard to the left regardless of the road crown. The dealer has balanced and roadforced balanced the tires rotated the tires and aligned the vehicle but I still have this problem. After driving 2 other brand new Accord from his lot and they all have the same defect at the exact same speed leads me to believe that the Accord has a serious safety issue with its steering system. American Honda has not made any effort on their part to help me or to correct the problem. This is my 3rd Accord. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hurt, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 132012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 125 miles
On random occasions when accelerating from a stop there is a 2 to 5 second hesitation upon depressing the accelerator. I move forward a few feet then nothing, the engine does not stop but remains in idle mode. Then the power suddenly returns and the car moves forward. This has occurred multiple times, in both rainy and dry conditions; going straight or making both right and left turns. Issue does not cause warning lights to come on, and dealer can not replicate the problem. Diagnostic are all fine. But this 2 to 5 second hesitation is extremely dangerous, I came close to being hit during one of these "hesitations" when trying to turn onto a busy road.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 052011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 970 miles
Incident date: 12/05/2011, 5:45pm weather/road condition: Good, no rain/snow, normal traffic pattern summary: Accord 2012 LX had a sudden engine rev for about a couple of seconds and went back to normal without driver intervention. Minor gas pedal vibration noticed for first 500 miles during break-in. Details: I was driving Accord 2012 LX on a local main street at about 20 to 25 mph, entering a normal small slope. I suddenly heard louder engine noise, and noticed tachometer going up from below 2K to 3K RPM quickly. At the same time, I felt gas pedal was moving away from my right foot. Eventually the gas pedal came back and tachometer reading went back to normal as well. This lasted for a couple of seconds. I did not move my right foot away from gas pedal and did not intervene while this was happening. Since this sudden engine rev went away in a couple of seconds by itself, I didn't feel that the Accord accelerated a lot during the period. During first 500 miles on the Accord, I also felt minor gas pedal vibration frequently on roads that are not perfectly paved and have some minor bumps. I have never noticed any such gas pedal vibration on other cars when driving down on the same roads. The vibration became less pronounced after 500 miles, and I didn't notice it lately. I am not sure if there is any relationship between initial gas pedal vibration during break-in and recent engine rev incident. I am concerned about highway safety of the car.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

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